Wednesday, June 16, 2010

last night Etty and Sam manned the night shift at the hospital . . . Etty called my mom in the morning to share the next batch of good news -- my dad, at some point during the night, had pulled out his respirator (way to show a little spunk!). the nurses, who had already been weaning him off the respirator bit by bit yesterday, decided that they could just leave the respirator out. they also took him off the sedatives and decreased the saline solution used to stop the swelling in the brain. the results of this morning's CT scan also showed a continued decrease in swelling. his blood pressure and heart rate are now at a healthy, steady level.
this morning he was awake and responsive, squeezing our hands and looking at us. he pointed to some food he saw, so this morning, for the first time since before the brain surgery, he was able to eat a bit!
the nurses are hoping that if things continue at this rate, that he will be out of ICU tomorrow sometime, which would allow us all to breath a little easier . . . these last few days have been SO encouraging for all of us, especially as we get to see my dad come around again, and show signs of being himself. keep the prayers up! pretty soon we'll be faced with the decision of where to take my dad for rehabilitation, a big decision for us. but right now we're just moving a day at a time, excited with the great progress we've been seeing.

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."
-- James 1:17


  1. What great news! Way to go Geoff, pulling out your own respirator! Love the pirate picture. Janet looks great in a mustache.
    Psalm 34:4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me, freeing me from all my fears...

  2. Soooo excited to hear the GOOD news. Know that the Schweiger clan of 4 have been thinking of you constantly, continually praying for you and keeping you close to our hearts.
    Know that we LOVE you guys IMMENSELY!!
    Monica, Dave, Lyra & Gentry

  3. Wonderful news! May God continue to hold you all in his loving arms.
    The Skoglunds

  4. Dearest Janet, Maggie and ALL the Hathaways (and Johnsons too!): You all have not been out of my thoughts for more than 2 or 3 minutes at a time, since all of this began. I am continuing to hold all of you very close in thought and heart, and Geoff uppermost in my thoughts and prayers. This morning--what WONDERFUL news. The Geoff you know and love, is re-emerging. This is such wonderful, hopeful news. Hope, Faith and Love have been working overtime for ALL of you. Continuing to send you all 3..... Julie K.

    "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all."

  5. YAY!!! love that feistiness! Please let me know if you need help managing the night shifts, I would love to help in any way!!

  6. What wonderful news! We continue to think about and pray for Geoff and the rest of you every day.

    --Jason, Melissa, Jonathan, Jayme and Eric

  7. This is great news!!! So pleased to hear that Geoff is starting to come around.

  8. Hooray! So good to hear the good news. Geoff is so strong that it is not surprising that he is doing so well. Sending healing energy your way and praying for increasing health for all of you.
    The Suters

  9. Well now, that's more like it isn't it?!!
    rejoicing, praying continues,
    Love, Jill and Steve

  10. So great to hear Geoff is doing much better. Keeping you guys in our thought and prayers.

  11. It's so nice to hear that Geoff is doing so well! Our family has really been praying and sending good thoughts toward your way each day. We hope Geoff can recover!

    -Paul, Kathy and Froya Olson

  12. Geoff has always been AMAZING .... now he's just showing off!!! :) We are so elated to hear such great news. We continue to uphold him and the entire Hathaway family in prayer and thoughts. Please tell Geoff to go ahead and show off some more of his AMAZING-ness!!!! We love you all!!

  13. Great News! Please let us know if we can do anything around your house to help you out during this time. We would be happy to help. Abby wants "the funny guy" to get back home. We all miss your friendlyness in the neighborhood.
    We will continue to pray for these great things to happen.
    Liz Torgerson

    Proverbs 18:10
    The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.

  14. I have been checking every morning to see how Geoff is doing so that I know how to pray that day. Today will be a simple one.....

    PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!

    Terri Emery

  15. This is a true blessing and a testament of strength and will! God bless and keep the strength.

    S. Bowser

  16. We are so very happy that Geoffrey is progressing!! We love you, Hathaways!!